According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy, no one should stop parents from breastfeeding their child, ask them to cover up or move them to another place. It is your right to breastfeed your baby in public.
If someone asks you to stop breastfeeding in public:
Toronto Public Health (TPH) wants to help parents feel more comfortable breastfeeding in public places. Here are some tips:
To encourage everyone to be more supportive of breastfeeding parents, TPH launched a breastfeeding in public campaign that uses life sized cut out photos of breastfeeding parents placed in busy public areas across Toronto. The campaign includes a fun video and testimonials from breastfeeding parents.
Video: It’s OK to Breastfeed in Public
A video series created by Toronto Public Health, showcasing individuals sharing their experience about breastfeeding and why your support is important to them.
It just came naturally… I just never thought about any other option. When doctors, nurses, family, friends, etc. encouraged me to stop, I just didn’t listen. The only person I listen to is my child, and she is very clear when she expresses her feeling or needs.
Breastfeeding is part of our lives. It is who we are, our connection moment. It is a time… when she talks with her eyes and gestures. She says her mama milk is the best thing in the world.
I never saw people breastfeeding as I grew up; no one in my family would show themselves breastfeeding in public even though they did in private, no one in the streets, no one in parks or anywhere. I’d like to see experienced moms sharing their valuable knowledge freely everywhere, talking to young women about the importance of breastfeeding, passing tools to one generation to another. I’d like to see the real world outside, not hidden inside houses, rooms, and washrooms.